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Our 12 most popular food features of 2012

4. Breakfast recipes to break you out of

4. Breakfast recipes to break you out of the cold cereal rut

For some of us, it's the best meal of the day. Eat outside the box with pillowy French toast, fluffy veggie quiche and more.

See the recipes. Photo Credit: Marge Perry

How do we love food? Let us count the ways! You helped make these 12 mouth-watering stories the top food news on Newsday.com in 2012. Now you can savor them all over again.

12. Apple recipes: Fall's favorite fruit can be
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12. Apple recipes: Fall's favorite fruit can be sweet or savory

Local apples are in high-season in the fall, but fortunatley they're available at reasonable prices year-round.

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11. Summer fruits and vegetables: fresh ideas and
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11. Summer fruits and vegetables: fresh ideas and recipes

A person can get almost giddy over all the fresh produce in the summer months, so we pulled together 12 ideas for drinks and meals using fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs.

See all 12 ideas.

10. Holiday desserts: Cookies, tarts and more We're
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10. Holiday desserts: Cookies, tarts and more

We're sweet on holiday desserts. It seems you are as well.

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9. New Halloween candy and other sweets for
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9. New Halloween candy and other sweets for fall

Candy corn, white chocolate M&Ms, green-centered Cadbury Screme Eggs and Oreo Orange Creme were among the new offerings in the fall of 2012.

See the full list.

8. Holiday gifts for foodies Foodies are some
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8. Holiday gifts for foodies

Foodies are some of the most fun people to shop for. The proof? These gift ideas, including a slate cheeseboard made in Brooklyn.

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7. Seafood recipes for easy, restaurant-quality meals Bored
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7. Seafood recipes for easy, restaurant-quality meals

Bored with a simple prep of butter and lemon? Then it's time to get creative.

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6. Poultry recipes: Easy meals with the kitchen's
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6. Poultry recipes: Easy meals with the kitchen's favorite proteins

Turkey, chicken, Cornish game hens ... all are featured in this guide to creative approaches to poultry.

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5. Grilling and barbecue recipes From sage-rubbed grilled
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5. Grilling and barbecue recipes

From sage-rubbed grilled chicken thighs to juicy burgers, these ideas will spice up any barbecue.

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4. Breakfast recipes to break you out of
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4. Breakfast recipes to break you out of the cold cereal rut

For some of us, it's the best meal of the day. Eat outside the box with pillowy French toast, fluffy veggie quiche and more.

See the recipes.

3. Soup, stew and chili recipes for hearty
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3. Soup, stew and chili recipes for hearty meals

Perfect for when temperatures began to drop, these cozy recipes are substantial enough for meals in themselves.

See the recipes.

2. Summer recipes for dinner, dessert and in-between
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2. Summer recipes for dinner, dessert and in-between

Newsday's food writers took the best summer has to offer -- fresh blueberries and peaches, a steak slapped on the grill, a cold salad on a hot night -- and offered up inspired recipes.

See all the recipes.

1. Good buys for foodies From aged Croatian
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1. Good buys for foodies

From aged Croatian cheese to clever cookbooks, useful gadgets to healthy eats, food writer Erica Marcus offers weekly picks for tempting items every foodie should get to know.

See all of her picks.

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